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Updated 26 February 2013

Almonds help to control blood sugar

Almonds may improve the control of blood sugar levels and eliminate ‘sugar spikes’ after eating, says new research that may have implications for diabetes and heart health.

Almonds may improve the control of blood sugar levels and eliminate ‘sugar spikes’ after eating, says new research from Canada that may have implications for diabetes and heart health.

How the study was done
The study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Nutrition, looked at the effects of five meals, eaten on five different occasions, on the blood glucose, insulin and antioxidant levels of 15 healthy volunteers (eight women).

The meals were: two control test meals with white bread, test meal with white bread plus 60 grams of almonds, test meal with parboiled rice, and test meal with instant mashed potatoes. All meals were balanced for carbohydrate, fat, and protein, using butter and cheese.

Increased demand for almonds
Demand for almonds has increased in recent years as the tastes of various almond-eating ethnic communities have expanded into more mainstream foods. And the almond boards have provoked greater consumption of the nut through better and more frequent marketing.


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